Preface

NO attempt has been made in this little book to do more than sketch lightly those events connected with the recent massacres of which the writer had personal experience. All questions relating to the political significance of these events and the new movement and developments in Turkey we have had to pass by. Requests have been so numerous, however, that in behalf of the Armenian people it has seemed best to accede to them, and record in this form something of the events of those days.  The many whys and wherefores of the mas sacres we do not undertake to discuss, but  for the sake of the orphans and widows— made such in those awful days—and in the hopes that more knowledge of them and what they endured may result in an awakened interest, which will in turn make the access of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them wider and more prompt, this story has been told.

R. L.

Elkhart, Ind.


 

Translation of the letter received from the Patriarch at Constantinople

To the Noble Miss Rose Lambert, salaams  (vochtchun) and blessings :

 

  Through Nerces, the Prelate, I was informed of how you hastened to help and relieve the many who were in need of help and comfort during those wild, savage massacre days, and this gives me infinite comfort.

  You helped in such a way as to endanger your own life, and by so doing have comforted thousands of the unfortunate ones during their bitter and hard affliction.

  We feel obliged to express to you our hearty thanks and gratitude for your intrepid labors and philanthropic willingness.

  Your name and nobility will ever remain unforgotten in our annals.

  My prayer is that the Lord will make you and your home happy with endless blessings so that you may continue to help the poor and suffering.

    I remain with prayers for you,

         (Signed)  ELISHA B. TOURIAN,

                       Patriarch of Constantinople.

 


 

Introduction

AS treasurer of the Board under which Miss Rose Lambert has devoted many years to the Armenian people located at Hadjin, Turkey; as one of the first Americans, apart from the missionaries, to visit Hadjin; having personally seen these poor people, so hated by the non-Christians of Turkey, and being personally acquainted with the author, I can but appreciate and commend her zeal both in Turkey and at home, and her moving descriptions of that period of severe trial. Our sister proved herself a hero during the late massacre. The Armenians look to Miss Lambert as a mother and even the Turks think highly of her. This book should prove of the deepest interest, being written by one who was on the ground and in a peculiar position to see and know the terrible details of those days of horror.  Read this book and you will remember it. Miss Lambert gave her early womanly years for Armenia regardless of the tax upon her health. She evidently has but one end in view, the arousing of the Church and the American public to benevolent activity in behalf of these poor orphans, widows and afflicted. We hope the reader will catch her spirit.

      

    Yours for God and Armenia,

                           0. B. SNYDER.